What happened to Barry Steenkamp, Reeva Steenkamp's father?

What happened to Barry Steenkamp, Reeva Steenkamp's father?

Barry Steenkamp came into the limelight in 2013 following the unfortunate demise of his daughter Reeva, who was fatally shot by Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius. The road to justice for the Steenkamp family has been long and bumpy. Barry is finally reunited with the slain model 10 years after the heartbreaking experience.

Collage of Reeva's father, Barry, and Oscar Pistorius during a trial session
Reeva Steenkamp's father, Reeva, passed away in September 2023. Photo: Stephanie Makhlouf/Kim Ludbrook/Deaan Vivier on Getty Images (modified by author)
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Reeva was dating Pistorius when news broke that he shot her through a closed door. The former Paralympian told the court that he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder, and he received a culpable homicide conviction in 2014. The sentence was later overturned after a series of appeals, and he was given a murder conviction and sentenced to 13 years and five months in 2016.

Barry Steenkamp's profile and bio summary

Full nameBarry Steenkamp
Year of birthMay 1943
Date of death14 September 2023
Age at death80 years old
ResidenceGqeberha, Eastern Cape, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
LanguageAfrikaans, English
GenderMale
Sexual orientationStraight
Marital statusMarried
WifeJune Steenkamp
ChildrenThree, including Reeva, Adam, and Simone
ProfessionHorse trainer, pub owner
Known forBeing the father of Reeva Steenkamp

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Is Reeva Steenkamp's father still alive?

Reeva's father, Barry, died on 14 September 2023, 10 years after his daughter's fatal shooting in Pretoria. Reeva was 29 years of age when she passed.

How old was Barry Steenkamp?

Barry Steenkamp was born in May 1943 in South Africa. He passed away in his sleep, and his age at the time of his death was 80 years.

Barry Steenkamp's cause of death

He suffered from heart complications before his daughter's demise in 2013, and his condition worsened after Reeva's death. He suffered a stroke during Oscar Pistorius' trial in 2014.

Barry Steenkamp's wife

Reeva Steenkamp's father was married twice. Little is known about his first wife, whom he married in the 1970s. He was with his second wife and the mother of their daughter, June, for over four decades until his passing in 2023.

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Barry Steenkamp and his wife June at the Pretoria High Court on 11 September 2014 in Pretoria.
Barry's wife, June, runs the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation, established in her daughter's honour. Photo: Phill Magakoe
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Barry Steenkamp's children

Barry had two biological children and one stepchild. He shared a daughter, Reeva, with his second wife, June and had a son, Adam, from his first marriage. He was also dad to June's eldest daughter Simone Cowburn, who she shares with her first husband.

The Steenkamp's daughter, Reeva, was a fashion model, reality television star and law graduate born in August 1983. She started dating South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius in November 2022. She was fatally shot three months later by the former Olympian on Valentine's Day in 2013 at their home in Pretoria. She was 29.

Barry Steenkamp's job

Reeva's father was a horse trainer who dealt with thoroughbreds in Port Elizabeth. He was also an entrepreneur and owned the Barking Spider pub in Gqeberha.

Did Barry Steenkamp meet Oscar Pistorius?

Barry met Oscar Pistorius face-to-face in prison in June 2022 as part of the victim and offender dialogue. He told The Daily Mail newspaper that he had asked Oscar to admit to deliberately killing his daughter. However, the Paralympian maintained that he mistook her for an intruder.

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A downcast Barry Steenkamp at the Pretoria High Court on 12 September 2014 in Pretoria.
Barry died while still seeking justice for his daughter's demise. Photo: Alon Skuy
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Where is Reeva Steenkamp buried?

Reeva's memorial service was held at a church in her hometown, Port Elizabeth, on 19 February 2013. She was later cremated at Victoria Park Crematorium, and her ashes were given to her family.

The Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation was established in her memory to address gender-based violence in South Africa. Her mother, June, runs the trust.

Did Reeva Steenkamp have a brother and sister?

The slain model had two half-siblings. Her half-brother Adam is from her father's first marriage, while her half-sister Simone is from her mother's first marriage.

A jovial Reeva during a photoshoot in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2012.
Reeva was a model, reality TV star, and law graduate. Photo: Mike Holmes
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Barry Steenkamp died before getting closure from Paralympian Pistorius on what exactly happened on Valentine's Day in 2013. Barry is now forever reunited with his daughter, Reeva.

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